Project Title

Music on the Brain


Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-19 12:06:24


Dance with Business Cognate

Honors Course

7900 498

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


Music surrounds us in our daily lives through the radio, social media, and our own personal playlists. Taste in music varies across individuals and cultures, but it is a singular, uniting aspect of society. Music creates connections and meaning that would be lost if the first string of an instrument had not been heard. Creativity is sparked with music which adds to the artistry of cultures and other forms of art.

As music develops artistry, so does dance. Music led movement to begin as dance developed through the centuries. While movement can occur in silence, it becomes more impactful when music is added as another layer to the dance. Dance and music intertwine to create a seamless medium of art that has survived centuries and continues to be traditional and innovative.

The main question guiding my research is how does music and rhythm affect our memory? This question branches into many other objectives, including how memory develops in concern to music and how dance is impacted by this question. From a young age, dancers are taught to count music and how to listen to the elements of music. Does this learning have an impact on a specific portion of the brain or is an overall influence on the entire brain’s development?

Research Sponsor

Jennifer Lehaney

First Reader

Kara Stewart

Second Reader

Rachael Palermo

Honors Faculty Advisor

Marc Reed



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